PAX Aus day one, Live from the show floor
Halfbrick are a Brisbane-based dev, and are behind the hits Fruit Ninja (500 million downloads) and Jetpack Joyride (100 million downloads). They spoke of their development process, the importance of strong communication between development, marketing and gamers, and the benefits of supporting their games for long periods of time. The also announced their next game, “Colossatron”, where you get to play as an alien mech monster on a rampage to destroy the Earth. It’s still in development (8 months in now) but there was a playable demo at the show, and Live can report it’s good fun.
Halfbrick also confirmed that no fruit is safe in their studio, but ninjas need not worry.
Microsoft have a sizeable presence at PAX Aus, with a presentation on each day talking up their Xbox One. Not surprisingly, Microsoft talked up the next-gen Kinect at their presentation, highlighting that it could potentially reflect your expressions in the character you’re playing on-screen, and talking about things like measuring your heartbeat using Kinect then using that to vary the strength of the rumble in the game.
They also had live demos of Killer Instinct, Battlefield 4 and Ryse. Live’s bro is a fighting game fan, and reports that Killer Instinct looked pretty good and was clearly skill-based, which will be good news for fighting game fans. The Battlefield 4 demo was the same level as E3, but was played differently, highlighting the more sandbox-like nature of the game. Sadly, Ryse still looked mediocre. Which is to say, visually it looked great, but the gameplay seemed slow and clunky, nothing like a Ninja Gaiden or God of War.
Pics from show floor
Aussie Indie Devs took advantage of the show to highlight their wares, and get in touch with the fans.
It wouldn’t be a gaming show without one of the most-played games in existence today.
Steelseries looking slick.
There were, of course, booth babes. Less than in the past though, as gaming becomes more mainstream. World of Tanks was the only mob that had them in any numbers and they at least brought a tank as well.
The ever-popular 3DS was making its mark.
Sam Fisher drives (advertises?) in style.
And there'll be lots more!
There are two days of PAX Aus to go, and Live will be getting plenty of more info for us. Look for more info tomorrow, then a feature or two after the show’s over and Live's had a chance to catch her breath.
Author: I_live_4_fun, Axe99